Journal article

A Seasonally Coherent Calibration (SCC) Model for Postprocessing Numerical Weather Predictions

QJ Wang, Tony Zhao, Qichun Yang, David Robertson

MONTHLY WEATHER REVIEW | AMER METEOROLOGICAL SOC | Published : 2019

Abstract

Statistical calibration of forecasts from numerical weather prediction (NWP) models aims to produce forecasts that are unbiased, reliable in ensemble spread, and as skillful as possible. We suggest that the calibrated forecasts should also be coherent in climatology, including seasonality, consistent with observations. This is especially important when forecasts approach climatology as forecast skill becomes low, such as at long lead times. However, it is challenging to achieve these aims when data available to establish sophisticated calibration models are limited. Many NWP models have only a short period of archived data, typically one year or less, when they become officially operational...

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